Wise growth vital for Brisbane council

Two longtime Brisbane City Council members and a 24-year-old U.S. Navy reservist are competing to chart the course for the tiny city.

The three are vying for two spots on the Brisbane City Council in the November election.

The current mayor, 59-year-old Steven Waldo, served on the council from 1989 to 2001. He was elected again in 2005 for a two-year term created when Clara Johnson resigned midterm. Waldo has served as the chief legal officer at test publisher CBP Inc. for the last nine years after practicing banking and intellectual property law for more than 24 years.

City Councilmember and retired Brisbane fire Chief Cyril Bologoff, 75, has lived in Brisbane since 1959. He has a master’s degree in business administration and is a former planning commissioner and three-time mayor of the town.

Student and Navy reservist Roberto Martinez, 24, has lived in Brisbane on and off for five years and is a student at San Francisco City College. He is a former Marine with three tours in the Middle East, including two in Iraq. Martinez, who has no political experience, says he is running to give ordinary citizens a voice in city government.

All three candidates maintain that growth should be tempered with the preservation of open space.

Commercial development slated for the Baylands should include recreational options such as bike and walking trails, the candidates say. Bologoff would like to see a sports complex that includes ball fields. Waldo notes that at least 150 acres of open space be dedicated at least partially to wildlife. Both Waldo and Bologoff favor alternative energy businesses coming to the Baylands, while Martinez favors a mall of small businesses of all types. All three candidates are against big box stores in the town.

Bologoff says he will continue to work for a new library for the city, while Martinez says he will try to bring a high school to Brisbane.

tbarak@examiner.com

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